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BloodRayne: The Third Reich (2010)

DVD Cover (Phase 4 Films)
Movie Connections:
BloodRayne
> BloodRayne (2005)
> BloodRayne 2: Deliverance (2007)
> BloodRayne: The Third Reich (2010)
Genres / Traits:
Horror, Naziploitation, Supernatural Horror, Vampire Film, Video Games
Director:
Uwe Boll Uwe Boll
Starring:
Natassia Malthe Natassia Malthe
Brendan Fletcher Brendan Fletcher
Michael Paré Michael Paré
Willam Belli Willam Belli
Annett Culp Annett Culp

3.0 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Crispy
Added: September 10, 2011
It's been a long and painful path (and I do mean painful), but the third film of this franchise finally pits our favorite dhamphir, Rayne, against those crazy Nazi bastards where she started off in the video game realm. Should be smooth sailing right? Yeah right.

World War II is in full swing, and the Nazi party is murdering people by the million, transporting these poor souls by train across Europe. The people on one such train may have caught a break, as the Nazis running the show soon find themselves under two simultaneous, yet separate, attacks. A small band of freedom fighters have assaulted the train believing it was a weapons shipment, and half-vampire Rayne has also attacked just on the whim of spilling a little Nazi blood. As the carnage begins to wind down, Rayne corners the Kommadant in a box car, and despite being shot in the back by a particularly sneaky Nazi, she slaughters both with ease and joins the freedom fighters full time. And now things get hairy. You see, the Nazi lieutenant investigating the battle discovers that some of Rayne's blood has mixed with the Kommadant, turning him into a vampire. Turning to the knowledge of the sadistic Dr. Mengele, the trio sets in motion a plan to capture Rayne, bringing her powers, and certain victory, to the Regime.

Have any of you ever played the original game Bloodrayne? You know, the one with the Nazis. Does the plot of said game resemble that even in the slightest? Of course not. The game's plot may not have been philosphically deep and layered or anything, but it's fathoms more than the mere puddle that Boll is capable of displaying. Yes, I understand that you have vastly different time constraints between the two mediums, but give me something, damn it. And don't get it twisted, this is more than just "It's not like the game, so it sucks!" It's just so damn shallow. We go from secret Nazi organizations and ancient gods to an accidentally-turned vampire with delusions of grandeur. Boll had the path laid out clearly in front of him. The trail was cut, blazed and paved. Instead we get this schlock. Give me a break.

Anyway, Natassia Malthe fared a little better in her second outing as Rayne, but Boll shows yet again that he should never have touched this character. He finally got around to giving her some confidence and legitimate skill. For the first time she actually feels like a deadly force to be feared, but I will say that the gamer nerd in me isn't happy about her trading her trademark tonfa-style blades for more traditional swords. Still, the action scenes were decent enough this time around. Nothing to write home about, but they got the job done. With all that said, the sexuality angle that was lacking in the first sequel is still a problem. Sure, Boll tries to address it, but he uses the same fifteen-year-old-fighting-puberty approach that worked so well for him with Loken's Rayne: randomly throwing in sex scenes with man and woman alike. Not that I have a problem watching some hooker pretend to go down on her, but they're just thrown in so lazily and out of the blue, without the subtle nuances that should be present whenever the character is on screen. Speaking of sex scenes out of nowhere, her main ally, Nathaniel, was played by Brendan Fletcher who handled his role well enough, as did Steffen Menekes as the Lieutenant. Boll mainstay Michael Pare was just plain bad though; however, he was Oscar-worthy compared to Clint Howard. Howard played the infamous Dr. Mengele, and even though in real life he was a sadistic child-murdering psychopath, no one deserves to be portrayed that badly.

Despite it all, in the relative terms of a Boll movie, this is kind of a masterpiece; it's not bad. Granted, it's not good, but it's not bad. It's just kind of there. Congratulations Mr. Boll on making your first film that wasn't painful to sit through. 4.5/10 Now let's see what he plans on doing with Bloodrayne 4. God help me.
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Lucid Dreams #1: Lucid Dreams - added 09/17/2011, 11:57 AM
I really enjoyed the games, so I probably will never watch any of these.
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